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Why Dance is the Best Workout

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

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Dance Classes and Working Out

This new year, plenty of people will sign up for a new gym membership, a book club, painting classes, and many other things that they will give up on making a part of their life. If you also made a New Year’s resolution to learn something new and to get in shape, then dance lessons are for you. Dance classes give you the opportunity to not only learn a new skill, but you get to learn the history of that dance, including its origins and its cultural influence. On top of this, you give yourself the opportunity to get in shape. Dancing is a great workout, regardless of the genre you choose. Here’s why dance classes are a better workout for you than signing up for gym membership.

Why You Should Choose Dance Lessons Instead

You want to get the most out of every single workout, and you also want a challenge. If you’ve never taken any dance lessons, you can bet it will be a challenge. Now, while the same can be said for weightlifting and cardio, the challenges that dance lessons present are extremely different and a lot more fun to work with. Here are multiple other reasons dancing is one of the best possible workouts.

Burn More Calories

In a one hour dance class, you can burn up to 450 calories per hour. Now, compare that to a cardio class. You’ll burn less than 400 calories in that hour and have a lot less fun. Beyond that, all you will learn is how to get your heart rate up and how to keep it up.

Learn a New Skill

Everyone knows how to run or walk, and many people are fully capable of lifting weights, however, not many of us know the true art of dance. Not only do you get to learn a whole new skill, but you get to learn about the history and cultural influence of that dance. Learning how to dance a specific dance can thrust you into the region that it originates from, making it that much more fun to do.

These are just a few of the reasons dancing is a better workout than most. If you’re looking for a dance studio where you can learn how to tango, swing dance, or any other style of ballroom dancing, then don’t hesitate to contact our dance instructors to sign up for private dance lessons or dance classes today!

Stay tuned to our next blog to find out more reasons dance lessons are a better workout!

Dance Lessons and Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:12 PM


Resolve to Dance This Year

As another year comes to a close, many of us will begin to think of our new year’s resolutions. For many of us, these resolutions include getting include working on our relationships with others, reading more, spending more time with family and trying new things. When you’re making your list of resolutions for this year, we encourage you to consider dance classes a new thing for you to try and learn. There are many benefits you can gain from dance lessons so why not add learning how to dance to the top of your list?

What Can You Gain From Dance Lessons?

Quite a bit actually. Dance lessons are a great form of cardio, so you can improve your heart health. But that’s not all. Because dance is so dynamic, there are multiple areas of your life that could be improved simply by learning how to dance.

Improved Focus

As you learn to dance, you’ll notice that learning the dance moves while also counting is extremely difficult. You’ve seen ballroom dancing before, and they make it look so easy! Just know that it took years of dance lessons and training for those dancers to get there. But before they were pro’s they were beginners. As you learn to dance, you’ll notice how difficult it is to learn the dance lessons while trying to count as well. Enacting rhythm with physical dance moves helps exercise your brain, helping you learn more focus and strengthening your brain function.

Improved Balance

In our last blog, we talked about the obvious ways that dance lessons can improve your balance and flexibility. Whether you learn to Tango or learn how to Swing Dance, you’ll start to build strength in your core, causing better balance. Any dance you learn requires you to be flexible, and dance lessons will teach you how to gain that flexibility.

Personal Growth

Learning new things can be a be weird and uncomfortable, especially dancing. Dance lessons are a great way to step outside of your comfort zone. You’ll get to learn something new, while also in a great environment. Your personal dance lessons will allow you to learn how to dance one on one and will help you grow into a better dancer. Making ourselves uncomfortable is that best way to help ourselves grow.

Free Your Spirit

Dancing is one of the best ways to express yourself and free your spirit. You give yourself the opportunity to let go and move to the music. Nothing is better for your soul than dropping everything to take time to dance everyday. You’ll get to free your spirit while learning a new skill. How’s that for a New Year’s resolution?

If resolved to learn something new this year, why not make it dance? From gaining improved brain function to personal growth, you’ll love taking dance classes at our dance studio. Open your mind to the beauty that is dance and you’ll be happy you did. Sign up today for dance classes and get started on your New Year’s resolutions now!

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Dance for Flexibility

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 13:12 PM


Dance and Flexibility

If you’ve ever thought about taking dance lessons but never really got started, it could be because of a lack of motivation. It might be hard to get familiar or feel comfortable with something if you don’t know much about it, which can make it even harder to try something. However, just knowing a few things or benefits you can gain from dancing can help you not only to feel comfortable, but to feel excited about trying out dance classes. One of the best benefits you can get from dance lessons is flexibility and balance.

How Do Dance Classes Improve Flexibility and Balance?

It’s easy really, not the dance lessons themselves, but the concept of how dance can improve these areas in your life. When it comes to learning how to dance, one of the biggest aspects of this physical art is stretching.

Every dance lesson or class will begin with healthy stretches. Stretching your muscles not only helps you avoid injuries, but it helps you gain the flexibility you need to be a fantastic dancer. Over time, these stretches will train you muscles to be more flexible.

Another big aspect of dance is poise. As you learn proper posture and how to hold a good posture in every move you learn, you begin to build your core and train yourself to hold a good balance. As you practice dance more and more, you’ll build strength in your core, thus leading to better balance.

If you’re interested in learning how to dance with a dance instructor, don’t hesitate to contact our dance studio. Our instructors would be happy to teach you any style of dance that you’re looking to learn. To sign up for classes, fill out a form or contact us via telephone today!

How to Learn to Dance

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 16:12 PM


Dance Lessons for All

Over the years, we have had tons of students that are interested in learning to dance. We’ve seen all kinds of students with different talents and abilities, and each one presents different challenges for our dance instructors, and to themselves. However, it is the goal of everyone at Arthur Murray Dance Studios to offer anyone the chance to learn the art of dance. We want everyone to feel like they are welcomed at our dance studio, but we also want to encourage people to to feel welcomed to try something new.

If you’re looking to learn ballroom dancing, from the Tango to the Foxtrot, you can take dance lessons with us and learn the many different styles of dance. However, there are some things you need to know about our dance classes first.

How To Learn To Dance

There’s a lot to know before you sign up, so read diligently.

Decide on a Type of Dance

Here at Arthur Murray, we teach ballroom dancing, but did you know that there are

26 different styles that you can learn at our dance studio? It’s true! We offer anything from Bolero to swing dance and the beloved lindy hop. It’s up to you to decide which type of dance you want to learn first. Who says you can’t learn more than one? Start with one style and move on when you’ve become an expert!

Sign Up For Dance Lessons

If you’ve been searching for a dance studio to take dance lessons at, then look no further. Arthur Murray has years of experience and history that makes our studio one of the best in the country. In fact, our founder Arthur Murray is credited with bringing many styles of ballroom dancing to the US. Now that you’ve decided which class to take, it’s time to get signed up!

Prepare For Your Classes
One of the greatest aspects about dance is how close knit it is with culture and history. Once you’ve decided on the class you want to take, read about the history of that dance and its cultural influence. From there, continue researching things about ballroom dance in general and its place in American culture. You can also prepare for your dance classes by making sure you have the right gear and attire.
Make sure that you have clothes that you can move in. Good shoes are also a must, and if you have issues with your knees then we would recommend a brace. After your first dance class, you’ll have a better idea of what you need for that class.

Keep an Open Mind

When you’re looking to get started with something new, you’re taking a step outside of your comfort zone, which can lead to less fluidity in your movements and your ability to learn. Allow yourself to take the time to learn what you need, and be open to making mistakes, after all, that is how you learn best! Keep your mind open so you can continue to grow and learn.

When you’re looking to get started with something new, you’re taking a step outside of your comfort zone, which can lead to less fluidity in your movements and your ability to learn. Allow yourself to take the time to learn what you need, and be open to making mistakes, after all, that is how you learn best! Keep your mind open so you can continue to grow and learn.

Learning something new is one thing, learning a form of art is another. Not only do you get to learn how to dance (an art form) but you also get to relieve stress while getting your heart rate up to burn calories. Between learning something new and many other benefits, there’s no reason not to sign up. You’ll open yourself up to a whole new world when you start taking your dance classes, and we know you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

If you’re interested in taking dance classes at our dance studio, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll help you decide which classes excites you most and which plans will best suit your schedule. Sign up for personal dance lessons or join a dance class today!


Common Myths About Ballroom Dancing Part 2

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 11:11 AM


When it comes to ballroom dancing, there’s no shortage of myths and misconceptions.

We’ve heard every myth in the book about ballroom dancing, from “ballroom dancing is too difficult for me” to “ballroom dancing is too outdated to waste your time learning it.” Luckily, these myths are just that, myths, and there is actually a long list of benefits that you can experience when you learn ballroom dancing. In our previous blog, the experts at Arthur Murray Dance Center set the record straight about five of the most common myths about ballroom dancing. Today, we are going to be finishing up this blog series by debunking these last five ballroom dancing myths:

Myth #6. You can learn how to ballroom dance online.

In this day and age, there is a Youtube tutorial for everything, and ballroom dance is no exception. However, dancing is a bit different than learning how to unclog a drain or dye your hair, and while you can certainly learn how to do a few, basic dance moves online, you’ll be missing out on the benefits of learning to dance with a partner. Dancing is a social activity, and it’ll be much easier to learn if you do so in a dance class filled with other people who want to learn too!

Myth #7. Ballroom dancing is boring.

The Waltz is probably one of the most common dances people think of when they think of ballroom dancing, and while it’s true that the Waltz may not comply with modern takes on rhythm, music or even fashion, it isn’t the only form of ballroom dancing. Jive, Salsa, Rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha are also forms of ballroom dancing, and once you experience the passion and energy involved in these dances, you aren’t likely to think of ballroom dancing as boring ever again.

Myth #8. You can’t learn how to dance if you’re single.

Don’t let your relationship status keep you from learning to dance! Even if you are married and your spouse doesn’t want to learn to dance, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn. One of the best things about taking group dance classes is that it gives the opportunity to meet a dance partner that you can learn with. You also have the opportunity to take one-on-one dance classes with an instructor who will act as your dance partner.

Myth #9. You’re too busy, tired, etc. to learn to dance.

Most of us lead incredibly busy lives, and it can be difficult to find time to take dance lessons, particularly if they aren’t exactly your top priority. However, dancing is incredibly good for you, physically, mentally and psychologically, and when it comes to your health, it pays to stop making excuses and start making it a priority. It’s worth it to move around your schedule to make time for dance classes.

Myth #10. You won’t be comfortable with dancing in front of other people.

If you are insecure about your dancing skills, take solace in the fact that you are not alone. Everyone feels insecure when they first start dancing, but when you take a beginner dance class at Arthur Murray Dance Center, you’ll be in the same boat as everyone else! As you learn more and dance more, you’ll get more and more comfortable with dancing in front of others. Dancing helps to build confidence on the dance floor, as well as throughout every other area in your life!